Mysuru: As per the aspirations of the Indian Constitution (74th Amendment) and Karnataka Municipal Act (2011 Amendment), citizens of Mysuru have been demanding the formation of Ward Committees and Area Sabhas (WC/AS) for a very long time.
But the elected representatives and Mysuru City Corporation Commissioners have been ignoring this demand to their detriment, rued Malavika Gubbivani, District Convener of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Mysuru.
They are now realizing the naked truth that fully functioning WC/AS would have greatly helped the local authorities in controlling this pandemic of Covid-19, she said.
Now that such a committee does not exist, the authorities are trying to put together a hotchpotch committee under the Disaster Management Act to get the work done. Without any prior preparation or proper training in management, the committee is trying to manage unevenly distributed scanty resources at a local level. These committees are temporary and will be disbanded as soon as they are no longer required, as it happened in Bengaluru last year with the hastily set up Disaster Committees. They functioned for few days and were wound up.
Instead of such a futile exercise, WC/AS could be properly setup under the KMC Act with volunteers drawn from service minded local residents, RWAs, etc. and be properly trained in required work. Such a committee will then help the local authorities in better managing the impending 3rd/4th wave of the pandemic.
In the meantime, while keeping the management of hospital beds, particularly ICU/HDU ones, supply of life saving drugs and oxygen etc. centralized, the authorities could pay attention to forming Covid-19 Paediatric Wards as the impending waves are predicted to affect children more than adults and leave the Ward Committees to handle contact tracing, follow up on Home Isolation patients, Delivery of essential items to affected families, gathering and verifying information on locally available medical resources, send people for vaccination at booth level, control crowding in market places and ensuring wearing of masks and keeping of physical distancing in market places. If these functions go on smoothly the Committees could then be given more responsibilities.
But before all this can happen, the WC/AS must be properly formed as per KMC Act/Rules and training must start immediately. This should be ensured by the district administration and MCC Commissioner, demanded Malavika.
– Team Mysoorunews